posted on March 19, 2017 17:09
The Statesville Police Department is participating in the observance of National Poison Prevention Week, March 19–25 to raise awareness about poisoning in the U.S. and highlight specific ways to prevent it.
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In conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week, the Police Department will be hosting several days of FREE drug take-back events in the Statesville area. These take-back events will give citizens an opportunity to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over the counter medications at no cost. Officers will be on site at each of these locations and will collect medications from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily.
The following locations will be utilized as take-back sites:
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017: 2:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.:
ALL Statesville CVS Pharmacies:
215 N. Center Street
178 Turnersburg Road
1550 Wilkesboro Hwy.
3111 Taylorsville Road
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017: 2:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.:
Walgreens Pharmacy / 951 Davie Avenue
Rite-Aid Pharmacy / 1716 E. Broad Street
1st Rx Pharmacy / 837 N. Center Street
1st Rx Pharmacy / 308 Mocksville Hwy.
Thursday, March 23, 2017: 2:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.:
S.H.A. Summit Village Community Center / 1323 Pearl Street (Statesville Housing Authority)
S.H.A. Parkwood Village Community Office / 609 Grove Drive (Statesville Housing Authority)
Banner Drug / 3478 E. Broad Street
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, most poisoning deaths are due to the misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs and poison exposures can involve a vast array of substances and occur in many ways. In 2014, almost 80 percent of exposures reported to poison centers involved people who swallowed a substance. However, people were also exposed through the lungs, skin, eyes, and other routes. Additionally, 57 percent of human exposures reported to poison centers involved medications, or pharmaceuticals. Other exposures are to consumer and household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide, chemicals, and many other types of non-pharmaceutical substances.